Kids love to run, jump and climb, but testing the limits of their physical abilities can result in injuries. You can treat minor bumps and bruises at home with basic first aid supplies and a hug. But when your child needs medical attention, you can count on the children’s emergency care team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital . Our physicians and specialists will help your little one feel better quickly.
When a body part looks disfigured
If your child has taken a tumble and is showing signs of discomfort, check the injured body part to see if it looks normal. The pediatric orthopedist in the accompanying video explains that possible disfigurement definitely necessitates a trip to the ER.
Bone fractures are among the most common pediatric emergencies. When kids fall down on the playground , they usually do so with their arms outstretched. This is a natural instinct to break the fall, but it can result in a wrist or elbow fracture.
Not all bone fractures result in a visible deformity. Take your child to the ER if he or she has:
When your child has problems using a body part
Difficulty using a body part or placing weight on it can indicate a bone fracture, but in some cases, it may be a sprain instead. A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched too far.
Sprains aren’t terribly common in young children, as the ligaments generally have greater strength than the nearby body parts. When they do occur, the ankles, knees and wrists are most often affected.
The symptoms of a sprain are similar to those of a fracture:
- Difficulty using the body part
- Difficulty putting weight on the body part
When your child has been bitten by an animal
Another common orthopedic emergency is animal bites. A pediatric doctor should evaluate your child if he or she sustains a bite from a dog, other domesticated animal or wild animal. Even if the teeth did not break the skin, it’s possible that the underlying tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscles sustained damage.
A pediatric orthopedist can evaluate your child for musculoskeletal trauma. Your child may also need a tetanus and/or rabies shot.
Family-centered emergency care is available 24/7, every day of the year at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our pediatric specialists in Las Vegas are compassionate and highly trained individuals who understand the unique physical and emotional needs of our young patients. Call 911 for true medical emergencies, or call our hospital at (702) 233-5437 for general information.